Hey all today we celebrate Meatless Monday with seaweed.
SEA VEGGIES, PHYTOPLANKTON, SEAWEED, SUSHI PAPER however these nutrient dense plants are known to you they are a powerhouse of lifeforce you should be adding to your diet.
Since I started adding sea vegetables to my diet I found my nervous system much improved, energy improved, weight loss, less PMS and womb issues and more. I love being able to add seaweed to many dishes including juices, savory dishes, salads, wraps, soups and detox broths. It’s important to source your sea veggies so you’re not consuming any additional toxins from the water where they are sourced from. Do your research and find out where the company you buy from gets theirs.
The benefits of adding sea vegetables to the diet are numerous, The Asian cultures revere sea vegetables as a staple part of their everyday diet, a habit most people in North America would benefit from adopting.
• They are packed full of B vitamins (great for nervous system)
• They contain chlorophyll which helps restore energy and vitality (excellent for blood cleansing)
• The offer plenty of fiber (great for colon health)
• They often contain vitamins C, E and A (great for immune system, skin, hair and nails)
• Some contain calcium, magnesium and potassium (excellent beneficial minerals for the body)
• Some offer adequate protein to supplement the diet
• A little often provides a lot of satiety
• There are many to try so you never feel bored with them
• They often spice up traditional dishes for a new and interesting experience
• They are often inexpensive
• They won’t go stale because they are dried
• You can take them anywhere!
There are many different types of sea vegetables. Dulse is a type of seaweed, Nori is a type of sea vegetable even Irish Moss which is one that is popular in many countries when made into a egg nog like drink. In Northern Europe, people are known to use seaweed to bathe in, heal and soothe the body.
Here is a small sampling of seaweeds we can find on the market today:
• Kanten – Also known as “Agar Agar” this sea vegetable is clear and often tasteless; it looks much like gelatin but contains no animal product, so it is a good choice for a raw food diet. It is often used for pudding to thicken it or for pies. All you have to do is dissolve it in warm water or other liquid.
• Arame – This is a sweet sea vegetable, which is nice because many sea vegetables are more salty than sweet. It contains plenty of calcium and potassium as well as fiber.
• Kombu – This sea vegetable has lots of calcium, iodine, magnesium and even iron. You need only a small square piece of this sea vegetable to add to your favorite dish.
• Nori – Nori is often the seaweed you see wrapped delicately around sushi. The amount you see wrapped around sushi is about the right amount to use, times the amount of sushi you plan to eat.
• Wakame – This is a softer form of sea vegetable that contains lots of fiber and like bananas, also contains potassium. It does have a sweet flavor so you can add oranges, cranberries and walnuts to the salad for extra flair and flavor.
Here are ways you can get seaweed into your diet
Chilean Seaweed Risotto
Kale with Seaweed, Sesame, and Ginger (dark leafy greens like kale are great brain food – full of antioxidants and vitamin A)
Korean Sushi Rolls with Walnut-Edamame Crumble
Cucumber and Wakame Seaweed Salad
Seaweed and Watermelon Salad
Sushi nori is a great snack to begin trying seaweed, you can try a spicy version or you can try one that is sweet and mild to start with. Undoubtedly you will feel rewarded. Sea vegetables are definitely here to stay, and will certainly add a bit of life to any vegan diet!
First, seaweed is a vegetarian source of those brain-boosting DHA Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon and other cold-water fish which nutrients have been researched and strongly suggest that DHA can improve memory and help keep diseases of the brain at bay.
Seaweed is also an excellent source of folic acid, which is a key nutrient for brain health in babies, children, adults, and into old age. Folic acid has been shown to improve verbal and memory performance. It is also needed to make serotonin, which affects mood in a positive way. In fact, depression is linked to low levels of folic acid. Getting enough folic acid while pregnant is important for fetal brain development.
Seaweed contains a lot of dietary magnesium, which is a key nutrient for reducing stress and protecting the body and brain from the negative effects of stress. It is also rich in lignans, which are associated with better cognitive performance in post-menopausal women.
Studies show it is not just the brain that benefits from seaweed but research suggests it may reduce the risk of breast cancer.
So CHOP, SLICE, PREP EAT, MUNCH, GRUB DOWN whatever you like, try it you may just enjoy it!!
– 1/2 Organic Zucchini pasta (made with a spiral slicer or you can slice thin juilenne matchsticks)
– 1/2 Organic carrot made with spiral slicer or sliced into julienne matchsticks
– 1/2 Organic avocado sliced thinly
– 1/4 Organic yellow pepper sliced thinly
– 1/4 Organic red onion sliced thinly
– 1/4 Organic tomato sliced thinly with seeds removed so it is not watery (use seeds in a raw vegan soup so as not to waste them)
– 1/2 cup Organic quinoa
– 1/2 cup spiced almond butter
Lay out the nori sheet and lay the veggies across the sheet put a line of spiced almond butter on first then lay the veggies and quinoa in a line beside it. (see picture above) Make sure you veggies are sliced thin because the chunkier they are the harder it will be to roll.
When you have finished placing your veggies begin to roll start from the bottom rolling gently away from you and with your fingers curled over the top pulling gently toward you each time to roll it tightly. When you get to the end (you may have to stuff the veggies in as you roll along since they can fall out….this is a sign you have too much in the sushi paper or your veggies are cut to big. When you finish rolling gently with your finger wipe a little water on the end to seal the veggies in, roll the finished amount onto the wet edge and leave the roll on the seam to seal shut.
Using a sharp or serated knife gently slice into disks and plate along with your dips.
SPICY ALMOND BUTTER
Spicy almond butter blend together till smooth himalayan salt to taste, 1/2 cup soaked almonds, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon dulse (seaweed flakes) optional 1/2 cup water
Put almonds into blender and add other ingredients. Slowly add water bit by bit so the blender can blend smoothly. If the blender gets stuck slowly add more water. If you add too much water it will be too watery, adding water bit by bit allows you to get the right consistency.
You can use any left over as dip for veggies later or the next day.
Use your fingers or if you can chopsticks to dip and to enjoy. Keep this as a recipe in your recipes it is quick and easy to make and packs a great nutritional punch. Women will benefit from eating this prior to their cycle as it contains so many nutrients they need at that time in the month.
Feel free to add other veggies to the sushi roll including beets, cucumbers, green onions etc. just cut them small enough to fit in the roll.
Nut allergies and seaweed allergies do not eat this.
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Peace and Blessings
THE HEALTHY DIVA
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